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The Search for a Perfect Foundation

It's been a yearlong search and I'm finally at my breaking point. I'm looking for the perfect foundation and I'm really hoping you guys can help me find my new HG. 


About me...

+ Hormonal breakouts once a month

+ Fairly light skin that is difficult to match

+ Lives in a dry, desert environment


What I'm looking for...

+ Lightweight- medium foundation

+ Breathable but buildable

+ Provides a bit of a dewy finish

+ Pairs well with thicker concealer 

+ Long-lasting (I tend to have 18+ hour days)

+ Does not cake on dry spots (but who does want that?)



Anyways- I know my list is a bit demanding, but if you have anything at least similar to that, please let me know! I've tried so many different foundations this past year, and I still haven't found my HG. So any and all input would be fantastic. ❤

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I started my search with Bare Minerals foundation. I loved the coverage, breathability and smoothing that it provided, but I decided that it was much too high-maintenance for me and definitely much too messy.


After that, I've used an assortment on foundations. These are some of the ones that I can remember...
+ Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (couldn't get a good color match)
+ MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation (great coverage but too matte)
+ Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (great coverage but too heavy)
+ MAC 'Studio Fix' Fluid Foundation SPF 15
+ L'Oreal Magic Nude (too sheer and cakes too easily)
+ Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (pretty nice foundation but had to come from the UK- so really not worth it)


I believe there's a couple more on that list, but I really can't remember what they are.

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I did the foundation search earlier this year. I have VERY fair skin with a lot of pink/red in it, that starts out dry but gets oily as the day goes on. I don't break out much except around my period. I tried probably 15 foundations and finally settled on Urban Decay Naked Skin in .5. It doesn't feel like much is on at all. I use a moisturizer, primer, foundation, a setting powder (you may not need a setting powder if you want a dewy finish- I like mine more matte) and I've been using Urban Decay De-Slick finishing spray with GREAT results. I put my make up on at 6am today, took a 3 hour 'nap' mid day, and my make up still looks great.

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Have you tried BB cream? I've been using Smashbox's for over a year and love it. Very dewy and breathable.


I'm also in love with this Stila foundation (which comes with a matching, fairly thick concealer)


To keep it light/medium coverage, I spritz a little water (then dab of extra on the back of my hand) on the brush before picking up the foundation.

I use #45 brush for lighter coverage 


and #56 for medium or heavier 


I'm acne prone, oily T-zone but with tendency for dry spots around mouth, nose and eyes (from acne meds). Good luck!


Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Thank you so much for those suggestions! 


I tried a couple BB creams, but neither of them really provided much coverage for me- I guess they were geared more towards being a tinted moisturizer than a foundation. Is the Smashbox one like that? 



I'll definitely check out the Stila one! I'm running low on my EDP concealer, so it would be lovely to get a thick concealer with my foundation and not have to repurchase that one again. Smiley Happy

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I find the Smashbox BB to be a lot ... I guess sturdier than tinted moisturizers I have used in the past. It holds up nicely all day, you can build the coverage nicely and it blends really well. I also think Smashbox has the most variety in shades of BBs so that helps make it a bit more useful than a tinted moisturizer (or compared to some of the other BB creams). 


I especially like it between seasons - when I'm going from pale to tan in the spring and tan to pale in the fall. 

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Currently been sampling this one and I absolutely love it



Sephora: Guerlain : Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 : foundation-makeup

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Oh wow- that looks absolutely perfect as well! 


I may have to make a trip to my local Sephora this weekend and ask for samples of both of these. After having to return way too many foundations, I think I'm just going to start out with samples now. 

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Same here I was starting to feel embarrassed about returning foundations so I have waaaaay to many but Im always on the hunt for the next best thing. I received a little sample packet of this, and Im really loving the moment it only available online doll Smiley Sad

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Oh no. Is it? Smiley Surprised 


Is there a way I can get a sample online, or does it have to just be one of the 9 options they give you at checkout?

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Well the sample came with my last order Smiley Sad

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Ahhh. Okay. 


Maybe I'll contact the company and see if they provide samples. It's a bit disappointing that it isn't sold in stores- I do a terrible job shade matching online. Haha

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I think it is sold in sephora stores that carry guerlain... depends on your location. I bought mine in a sephora store near me.

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

It won't let me search for store locations, but I could always pick up a sample from Nordstrom since I believe they carry Guerlain in all their stores. Smiley Happy 

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Yes Nordstrom does have it.

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I bought the Lingerie De Peau based on the sample as well.  It is perfect for me, the best I've ever used.

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I also used bare minerals for a while, then I found it to be cakey after a few years. I went to sephora and did the skincare IQ and the girl brought me liquid and powder foundations to see what I liked best. I had dry sensitive skin, but i just turned 24 and have noticed my skin changing on me. It's more on the normal side now. anyway, I was so impressed with the Josie Maran matchmaker foundation (the liquid one). It squirts out white but as you blend it in, it literally matches your skin tone. For long days at work, I put the powder matchmaker on top the liquid and it lasts all day and feels like nothing is there. Excellent coverage. And if you're just running errands, you don't even need the liquid. Just put on some concealer and put the powder one on and you're good to go. Hope this helps. 

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

A low-maintenance sounds so lovely. Somedays I don't go out, but I do like to wear makeup for my husband. It's nice to have something low-key like concealer + powder for those days. 


Is the Skincare IQ something you need to make an appointment for? The SA's at my local Sephora are usually rather busy, so if I do decide to go in for one of those, I'm not sure if I'd have to schedule it or just show up.  And how long did it take you to do it? 

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I walked into my sephora without an appointment. If someone approaches you, just tell them you're interested in the skincare IQ. She'll find out what foundations match you best; liquid, powder, etc. For everything, it took about a half hour. The skincare IQ is super quick, it just takes time to find that perfect foundation for you! 

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I would suggest a BB cream like Boscia (comes in a small size for $18 so you could try it out). It last a long time and gives a sheer finish to your face but works on all skin tones. If you want more of a foundation, I am in love with Urban Decay's foundation. They have a good set on sale now that includes a BB cream as well.

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I got the samples twice with orders, when you can pick the three choices.  It blends perfectly and stays on really well.  I used bare minerals for years and then tried one of the Hourglass ones, which I do like, but I like this one a lot more.  There aren't a lot of color choices however, but the sample I got happened to work for me.

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Sorry to ruin you for less costly brands Smiley Happy, but for my skin, there is nothing that compares to Koh Gen Do.  Aqua Foundation (I'm guessing this is the one you should try first) or Moisture Foundation (trickier application but easy once you get it).  I was about to switch to their MF after they just reformulated their AF, but I just couldn't give it up. I even went to Sephora this week and tried many other brands but KGD is still my stand out favorite..  Having said all that, if you have a lot to cover, and it sounds like you don't,  it's probably way too light.  I can't speak to it's lasting power though.  


FWIW, before this, I used Chantecaille's Just skin.  


I use Cle de Peau concealer and it works well.  

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

Here are a few suggestions I have (note: I'm as pale as they come and have normal-sensitive skin that runs a bit dry during the winter, not oily.  And I use three different concealers for different things every day.):


  • Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation (I find it very buildable, dewy and lasts all day for me.)
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15
  • Bobbi Brown SPF15 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer



For comparison, I've tried (and discarded) multiple MAC formulations, MUFE, and NARS within the past year, too.  Bobbi Brown Alabaster is my HG- although I preferred the old formulation of the foundation if I'm being honest.

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

What about Nars Sheer Glow? It gives medium coverage that can be built up or sheered out, and it is a little bit dewy but won't make you oily at all. Just apply a moisturizer beforehand because it can drag a bit on dry spots, but I put on moisturizer anyways before I apply foundation so it really isn't a problem for me. But it doesn't look cakey at all, and works great with any concealer!

Re: The Search for a Perfect Foundation

I actually looked into NARS Shewe Glow, but after trying out a few samples, I ended up with UD's Naked foundation. It doesn't quite give a dewy glow, but I love the coverage, buildability and finish of it. 


Im kicking myself for not trying this one sooner. I love it. Smiley Happy

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